Jackson defeated Riverton 61-38

Jackson running back Brody Hasenack runs the ball during a playoff game against Riverton this season. Hasenack and Matt Carney (51) earned all-state honors for the Broncs.

Jackson ended the 2020 football season with its best finish in 13 years, falling in the state championship game to Cody, 34-13.

It was a season in which the Jackson offense was as dominant as ever. Jackson had the top rushing offense, the top passing offense, the top rusher and the top passer across all of 3A football.

For that Jackson landed six players on the Wyoming Coaches Association all-state list, announced Monday.

Junior running back Brody Hasenack earned his first all-state honor after clipping 2,000 yards on the ground for the season in his first season as the starting tailback. Hasenack carried 325 times for 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 190.3 yards a game. The breakout season gave Hasenack the 3A West offensive player of the year award.

Junior quarterback Sadler Smith earned his second all-state honor after leading the state in passing yards. Smith completed 130 of 221 passes for 1,973 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He averaged 179.4 yards a game.

Junior Sam Scott, Smith’s No. 1 target, took all-state honors as well. Scott caught 39 passes for 725 yards and seven touchdowns.

Junior Matt Carney earned an all-state award on the offensive line. Carney and company allowed the potent Jackson offense to rack up 4,812 yards across the season, well ahead of Cody, which finish with 3,833 total yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior Colter Dawson was named all-state at linebacker with 92 tackles, nine for a loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He finished with an average of 8.4 tackles per game.

On the defensive line, junior William Pew was named all-state for his 52 total tackles, three for a loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Aside from those six, Jackson added another three names to the 3A West all-conference lineup. Senior Jacobo Martinez got the nod on the offensive line, senior Sam Lopeman made the cut as a defensive back, and junior Jon Vazquez Vargas earned the award as a kicker.

The Broncs finished the 2020 campaign with a 9-3 overall record and as the state runners-up. A bright spot for Jackson heading into next season is the number of players coming back in 2021. All six of Jackson’s all-state picks will be returning next season.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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